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Diplomat case: Ggn cops continue probe

A day after a Saudi diplomat, accused of raping two Nepalese women left the country, Gurgaon Police said it was continuing to investigate the case to nab others allegedly involved in the crime.

On its part, Nepal insisted on handing down punishment to the guilty. Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said investigation into the case was continuing although the diplomat 
Majed Hassan <g data-gr-id="37">Ashoor</g>, First Secretary in the Saudi Embassy here, had left India on Wednesday night.

“The investigation continues the details of which cannot be shared at this stage,” Virk, who is heading the probe, said. 

Demanding justice to the victims, Nepal’s envoy Deep Upadhaya indicated that his country will pursue the case as he said the criminals must be punished.

“It is our duty to ensure justice to the victims. It is a very, very inhuman issue. Nepal has very friendly relations with Saudi Arabia as well as India...If there has been <g data-gr-id="38">crime</g>, the criminals should be punished and victims must get justice,” he said.

An official in the Nepal embassy said it has received “tremendous” amount of support and cooperation from Government of India and hoped that investigation into the case will continue.

On September 7, Gurgaon Police had conducted a raid at the diplomat’s residence after receiving a complaint that two Nepalese women were kept there in confinement and raped by the diplomat and his “guests” repeatedly.

The Saudi Embassy termed the allegations as “false” and protested the police “intrusion” into the diplomat’s house, saying it was against “all diplomatic conventions”.

“We have learnt that First Secretary Majed Hassan <g data-gr-id="35">Ashoor</g>, who was allegedly accused of raping two Nepalese women, has left India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Wednesday night.

Virk said Gurgaon Police had sent separate letters to the External Affairs Ministry on September 9 and 10 requesting for access to the diplomat for questioning. It is learnt that the MEA had put pressure on the Saudi Embassy to allow the questioning of the diplomat given the gravity of the allegations in the case following which Saudi Arabia decided to withdraw the diplomat.
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